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New York tribes vow fight over tobacco taxation (October 28, 2009)

Tensions ran high at New York Senate hearing on tobacco taxation in Indian Country on Tuesday. One lawmaker walked out after being booed by tribal members, according to news reports.Sen....

Lawmakers back Native corporation contracting (October 28, 2009)

The Alaska Legislature held a joint hearing on Monday to discuss the 8(a) contracting program at the Small Business Administration. Lawmakers hailed the participation of Alaska Native corporations in the...

Alaska groups help rural residents get back home (October 28, 2009)

Cook Inlet Tribal Council is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Alaska to expand a stranded traveler program. The program was started to help people who came to Anchorage...

Department of Justice holds listening conference (October 28, 2009)

The Department of Justice is hosting the tribal nations listening conference today and tomorrow in St. Paul, Minnesota. Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden delivered the opening remarks. He participated...

Lillian Sparks, Lakota, nominated to top HHS job (October 28, 2009)

President Barack Obama has nominated another Indian woman to a top post in his administration. Lillian Sparks, who is Oglala and Rosebud, was nominated as Commissioner of the Administration...

North Dakota tribe was making payments in case (October 28, 2009)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota was making regular payments in a $6.3 million arbitration case when the full amount was called by surprise. The move led...

Little Shell Chippewa recognition bill introduced (October 28, 2009)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) introduced S.1936, a bill to recognize the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana on Tuesday. Baucus and Tester said they were...

Tribe included in $3.4B 'smart grid' Energy grants (October 28, 2009)

The Navajo Nation is part of $3.4 billion in "smart grid" grants announced by the Department of Energy. The Navajo Tribal Utility Association will receive $4.9 million to modernize its...

Navajo president not worried about investigation (October 28, 2009)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. is confident he will "sail through" an investigation about the tribe's involvement with two companies. Shirley believes the Navajo Nation Council placed him on...

NMAI set to debut 'African-Native Lives' exhibit (October 28, 2009)

The National Museum of the American Indian will host an exhibit on American Indians and African Americans from November 10 through May 31, 2010. “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in...

Tribes in Texas prepare for 2010 US Census count (October 28, 2009)

The U.S. Census Bureau met with tribes in Texas to encourage them to participate in the 2010 Census. Texas is home to three federally recognized tribes and other tribal...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe mum on UND nickname (October 28, 2009)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hasn't said whether it will hold a referendum on the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. The North Dakota...

Charges considered against Port Gamble officers (October 28, 2009)

Two natural resource officers from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington could face charges for allegedly detaining three non-Indian men off the reservation. The Washington Department of Fish and...

Column: Soboba Band hurt by leader's indictment (October 28, 2009)

"Federal indictments against Robert Salgado Sr. for allegedly accepting bribes will cause more problems than the legal troubles ahead for the 67-year-old tribal chairman of the Soboba Band of...

Lenient sentence for man who robbed Yurok site (October 28, 2009)

A California man who pleaded guilty to illegally excavating an ancestral village of the Yurok Tribe was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 60 hours of community service and a...